Designated System Based Investigators

The Designated System Based Investigators (DSBIs) are senior staff members of the Funding Partners. DSBIs will support Lead Investigators in the development of activities, provide linkages between activities and aged care service providers and actively participate in knowledge translation, dissemination and implementation of activity outputs.

Brightwater Care Group

Ms Wendy Hudson

Wendy Hudson

Wendy Hudson is an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. She has held various roles with government, non-government and not for profit organisations. These include Respite Manager for Alzheimer’s Australia WA and Manager of Policy and Quality; Senior Occupational Therapist with Hall and Prior, the Independent Living Centre and Disability Services Commission; Program Manager with Rockingham/Kwinana and Canning Divisions of General Practice; and Rehabilitation and OS&H Consultant with BankWest, Coles Supermarkets and the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service. Wendy is currently studying a Masters of Ageing and is passionate about implementing a rehabilitative approach to supporting people living with dementia.

In her current role as Wellbeing and Dementia Support Coordinator at Brightwater Care Group she supports the continuing development of a social and psychological environment that enables people to live well within their home environment, both in the community and in aged care residences. The role has a particular responsibility for people living with dementia.


Ms Meredith Gresham

Meredith Gresham

B. App Sc (OT), Dip Arts Mus, AMusA, Dip. Aged Care Psych

Meredith is an occupational therapist and a senior consultant (Research and Design) in HammondCare’s Dementia Centre. Meredith has coordinated major research projects and developed and directed residential, community and specialist dementia care services.

She has been involved in providing education and support of carers of people with dementia, residential and community care staff and undergraduate Occupational Therapy students both in Australia and overseas and is a frequent presenter at national and international forums.

Meredith is a member of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, based at the Queensland University of Technology. Through this collaboration Meredith has been involved in projects investigating, seating of people with advanced dementia, respite services for carers and carer wellness. Meredith is completing a Masters of Health Science by research at Sydney University, investing the use of novel bidet technology in the management of incontinence.

She is regularly invited to form part of expert advisory committees, most recently the Inspire study through the University of NSW concerning people with Younger Onset Dementia and Sexuality in residential aged care, at Griffith University. Meredith is a member of several committees of the International Psychogeriatric Association and is Assistant Editor of International Psychogeriatrics.

Associate Professor Colm Cunningham

Colm Cunningham

RN, RNID, Dip SocWk, MSc: Dementia Studies

Colm Cunningham's is the Director of The Dementia Centre, HammondCare. His research interests and expertise are in environmental design, pain management, dementia and delirium, dementia and intellectual disabilities and night care. Colm is an Associate Professor at the University of Salford Institute for Dementia and a Visiting Fellow in Dementia Design and Practice at the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science. Colm is also a member of the Wicking Strategic Review Panel

Formally the Deputy Director of the UK Dementia Services Development Centre, his research and publications have focused on hospital care and night time care, as well as the design of environments that support people with dementia.

Ms Angela Raguz

Angela Raguz


Angela Raguz has worked in the aged care industry for 20 years. During this time she has directly managed both dementia-specific and general residential aged care facilities. In 2007 she completed an MBA through the Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Sydney. As General Manager of Residential Care, Angela oversees all HammondCare’s residential aged care services, which provide care for more than 750 people across 6 sites in NSW and is involved in the planning and start of new residential services. Angela supports new and existing managers so that HammondCare’s philosophy of care is something that is uniformly understood and is practiced daily in care delivery. She also oversees Risk and Quality across HammondCare’s Residential, At Home Care, Health and Hospitals and Enabling portfolios.

Dr Catriona Lorang

Catriona Lorang

Dr. Catriona Lorang is a registered psychologist, with a PhD in psychology and a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling. With her PhD she focused on the clinical problems of depression and anxiety. Her areas of expertise include behaviour management strategies for people with severe dementia, depression, anxiety and pain management.
Catriona has published and presented in the areas of dementia and severe behavioural disturbances and missing persons support services. She is a regular presenter at national conferences, discussing with industry and research leaders the latest strategies to improve resident quality of life. Catriona has also been involved with numerous research projects, working collaboratively and independently in areas such as visual simulation, emotional responses to doll therapy and improving communication on end of life issues for people with dementia and their families.

Helping Hand Aged Care

Ms Megan Corlis

Megan Corlis

Megan Corlis is the Director of Research & Development at Helping Hand Aged Care. She is a registered nurse who has worked extensively across the acute and aged care sectors in senior roles both as a clinician and in management. Megan’s current role is focussed on creating innovative collaborations between industry and researchers. She worked as a ‘catalyst’ with the Thinker in Residence, Dr Kalache and is working to integrate his concepts of ‘age friendliness’ across a range of sectors and the broader community. She has been instrumental in setting up a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Australia which has resulted in a number of research activities.

She has held a number of roles across the industry including Board Member on the North east Division of General Practice and for TAFE. Currently she is on the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Culture and Languages at UniSA, the National ANMF Committee on Nursing Pathways and numerous groups involved with research from Workers with English as a Second language through to Decent Work Conditions.

Megan’s strengths are in transference of research into the practice area. She has a strong consumer focus and passionately believes in co-design as an important principle for working with older people. Her collaborative arrangements have resulted in a number of excellent partnerships both including non traditional partners which have provided valuable project activities.

Mr Jan Van Emden

Mr Jan Van Emden

Jan Van Emden is the project manager for research and student participation at Helping Hand Aged Care, working closely with local and national universities, vocational training providers and secondary schools to provide the opportunity for over 1000 students annually to gain invaluable hands on experience in age care.

Jan has a background in physiotherapy service provision, management and education. He has worked within acute health care facilities as well as aged care residential and community based settings, within urban metropolitan areas as well as rural and remote locations in Australia and the USA.

His current professional interest include facilitating student experiences within the aged care environment, research activities that link researchers and clients collaboratively and the development of resource conservation and management practices within Helping Hand Aged Care.

Ms Helen Loffler

Helen Loffer

Helen Loffler is the Student Participation Manager at Helping Hand. Helen’s initial role as an Interprofessional Clinical Facilitator has resulted in an interprofessional education program, and a variety of student led health service clinics within Helping Hand. Helen is a Registered Nurse who has worked within acute, community and residential aged care settings. She has a background in vocational and tertiary education and training within the health and aged care setting and is currently an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer at UniSA.

Ms Helen Radoslovich

Helen Radoslovich

Helen worked in a variety of government roles and as a private consultant prior to joining Helping Hand in 2001. Her work included policy development, strategic planning, evaluation, consultation and research across a range of community services in both metropolitan and rural areas. Her current responsibilities include high level policy advice on strategic and government matters, support for major projects, developing discussion and position statements on topics such as cultural diversity, consumer directed care and consumer engagement. Her formal qualifications are in mathematics and social research.